New at the Banff Centre: Learn the Leadership Craft of Connecting

Join Steven Taylor and Linda Naiman at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity
November 19November 23, 2017

In The Leadership Craft of Connecting, you will develop your craft by recognizing the ways in which you relate to others, applying analytic techniques and practical approaches to assess the quality of your connecting-practices, and discovering ways to strengthen weak connections, create new connections, and deepen existing connections.


“He who works with his hands is a labourer. He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman. He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist.” –Francis of Assisi

Connecting is more than communicating; it is the ability to relate to others and feel an affinity for them. Positive interpersonal connections are fundamental to building meaningful relationships, fostering teamwork, and influencing others to take action. Many leaders discover that if they are to achieve their full leadership potential they must overcome their personal limitations in relating to others. With focused, deliberate practice, we can get better at connecting with others.

Focusing on our “craft” can help orient us to a lifelong learning journey, one in which we practice and achieve a level of excellence in using a set of knowledge and skills. In the same way a carpenter learns to use tools and techniques to work wood into something beautiful and functional, a leader can learn to use tools and techniques to work their connections with others into beautiful and functional relationships. Whatever the medium, it is through disciplined practice that we master our craft.

What does the program offer?

  • Expand your understanding of barriers to interpersonal connection and how to overcome them
  • Develop more complex cognitive models that will allow you to see old or familiar interpersonal dynamics in new ways
  • Explore how the nature of a place can make particular ways of relating to others in that place possible
  • Practice techniques for staying fully engaged with your senses and suspending the “need to know”
  • Experiment with new relationship building approaches that are outside of your comfort zone in a safe space

Identify your particular challenge areas, deliberate practices to address them, and identify measurable outcomes that will enable you to observe your own improvement over time

Who should apply?

This program is ideal for individuals who aspire to gain mastery in their ability to connect with others. It is for those who are willing to do the demanding work of understanding and engaging with their own contributions to difficult interpersonal dynamics, and who wish to be open to the possibilities of greater connections with themselves, others, and the world.

The program is designed for leaders who wish to complement rational-analytic reflective practice skills with aesthetic sensibilities to propel them in their journey towards mastery of their craft. It is open to individuals from across corporate, cultural, community, government, philanthropic, and social innovation sectors.

About Banff Centre Leadership Programs

Banff Centre Leadership programs integrate the power of the arts, the wisdom of Indigenous practice, and the extraordinary beauty of Banff National Park to prepare and empower the next generation of Canadian leaders.

Programs help participants bring creative and reflective approaches to a rapidly changing world, and connect leaders with others who share their commitment to positive change in Canadian Indigenous communities, businesses, non-profit organizations, cultural institutions, and government.

Funding opportunities are available

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About the Author:

Linda is founder of Creativity at Work and co-author of Orchestrating Collaboration at Work. She helps executives and their teams develop creativity, innovation, and leadership capabilities, through coaching, training and consulting. Linda brings a multi-disciplinary approach to learning and development by leveraging arts-based practices to foster creativity at work, and design thinking as a strategy for innovation.